MrMorden wrote:CharlieTango wrote:drseti wrote:You are confusing minimum sink and best glide. They are not 2 versions of the same thing. Best glide is best l/d ratio and min sink is min vert speed.
What I am talking about is maximum distance over the ground before running out of altitude to make a landing, regardless of sink rate. In an engine out situation, that is all I care about. The low inertia of the CT seems to work better with higher speeds in the glide. At lower speed and higher flaps the airplane just seems to sink faster with less progress over the ground. This is also the reason the standard PAPI/VASI glideslopes are too shallow for a normal approach with flaps in most LSA.
Andy, max glide can be primary but just as likely it will be time you need. Take the current exampe, 4,000' above pattern and just 6 miles out, in a light sport in 30kt winds amongst 13,000' peaks. Point is without power I would have arrived at the airport with several thousand feet to loose.
This probably happens most of the time, nearest airport is only a short glide. When I arrive without power I might want all the time I can get by using minimum sink speed. If my judgement isn't working out I might want more time to adjust my approach.